My favorite plate of the brunch? These fresh Australian oysters and yellow tail sashimi with jalapeño pepper. A variety of sauces will complement the oysters but a few drops of lemon is always the best.
The grill station with choices of beef, pork, chicken, chicken skin, baby octopus, shiitake, squid, eggplant slices and leeks.
The chicken skin might be the crowd favorite but I’d rather have the sweet and tender baby octopus slathered with their wasabi pepper sauce.
You can be forgiven to be so engrossed with the bounty of fresh seafood. And, of course, the grill station too where they serve okonomiyaki or the Japanese pancake, yakiudon, Jalapeño miso marinated sea bass, roasted umami chicken, and grilled ribs!
With our plates loaded, there was nothing left to do but partake in this feast. How was the food? It was nothing short of spectacular! You can taste every single ingredient in the dish and everything was so balanced that it will leave you wanting more. I’d avoid having too much of the rolls though since rice can easily make you feel full in the belly. Trust me, you’d want the extra space for a second (or third) round!
“Always leave room for dessert” is an excellent rule to follow and Nobu Manila has plenty to choose from. Cakes, pastries and fruits are a must-try. And look at that decadent center piece–a matcha-chocolate fountain!
The matcha ice cream with the strawberry syrup is probably the best matcha ice cream I’ve had anywhere. It had the right amount of bitterness that goes well with the sweetness of the vanilla base ice cream, and the freshness and sourness of the strawberry syrup balanced everything out. You’ll get something sweet, bitter, sour, warm, and cold in one single scoop.
Head Chef Michael De Jesus went through intensive training with the man himself, Matsuhisa Nobu, at the Matsuhisa restaurant before taking the reigns of Nobu Manila. Given free reign of the kitchen, they also make Filipino dishes with the Nobu interpretation. One of those is the popular Nobu Yuzu Prawn Miso Soup, which is their version of sinigang. I did try the dish and it tasted like sinigang, but different and surprising at the same time. With a man of Chef Michael’s skill at the helm, and with his passion for food, I have no doubts that his kitchen will always churn out the best possible dish.
Open from 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM and priced at 2880.00++ inclusive of the juices and mocktails (that lychee passion fruit is a killer) and PHP 4580.00++ with free flowing cocktails, wine, beer, and Moet and Chandon, Nobu Manila is a good way to splurge every now and then for a buffet of the highest quality. It was a wonderful experience and easily tops my list as the best brunch buffet in town.
Nobu Manila is open for breakfast and dinner daily, and is at the first level of Nobu Hotel Manila, which is the first Nobu Hotel in Asia. For inquiries and reservations, call 800 8080 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit cityofdreams.com.ph.
City of Dreams Manila, Asean Avenue corner Roxas Boulevard, Entertainment City, Paranaque
+632 691 2882, +63 2 6912885 + 63 8008080